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Comets JV gridders chalk up fourth win

The Halifax County High School junior varsity football team took advantage of a pair of interceptions and a Martinsville High School turnover early in the second half and held on for a 24-14 win here Thursday night at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

Thursday’s win was the fourth of the season for the Comets, who improved their record to 4-1 on the season.

“The kids are playing well,” said Comets Head Coach Kenneth Day.

“The defense has been playing really well all season. Martinsville scored once on us on defense and returned a fumble for a touchdown, but things like that happen once in awhile. 

“The big thing is the kids play hard,” Day added.

“We just hang in there, and the defense keeps us in the game.”

The Comets held a 6-0 lead at halftime, with the lone score of the first half coming on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Kyran Adams to Justin Logan with 5:39 left in the first half. Halifax County attempted a two-point conversion, but a pass by Adams missed its mark.

Halifax County High School thwarted Martinsville High School’s first possession of the second half when Roland Brandon intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown with 7:26 left in the third quarter. Brandon attempted to run for a two-point conversion, but was tackled just shy of the goal line, leaving the Comets with a 12-0 lead.

The Comets recovered a Martinsville High School fumble at the 13-yard line on the visitors’ next possession. Halifax County scored three plays later, with Brandon scampering into the end zone from four yards out for his second score of the game. An attempted two-point conversion failed, leaving the Comets with an 18-0 lead.

Brandon came up with his second pass interception of the game with 1:43 left in the third quarter. The Comets took advantage of that opportunity as well, with Adams scoring on a 5-yard run with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter to run the Comets’ lead to 24-0.

Martinsville High School made things interesting at the end, rallying to score two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the contest, but it wasn’t enough as the Comets held on for the 12-point win.

At the end of the night, Brandon had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown and one rushing touchdown.

“He’s a good kid, and he plays hard every play,” Day said of Brandon.

“Everybody played well tonight. Our defensive backs had a good game. It looked like we were on top of every pass they (Martinsville High School) threw.”

Day also credited the play of the defensive line as well as the play of linebackers Ethan Woltz, Rodney Carter and Keshawn Guy.

“They played really well inside tonight,” Day pointed out.

“We switched our defense up, going with a three-man defensive line. Assistant Coach Mike Lloyd and I talked about and he said we could do it. It has worked well. It helps rotate the kids and keep them fresh.”

Day said the credit for the win goes to all of the players.

“It’s all a credit to the kids,” Day said.

“They’re the ones that have to go out there and do it.”